This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 17, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
After a week or so of very pleasant winter weather, we are headed into the freezer for a few days starting tonight. Today has been clear, sunny and very cold. We have a nice blanket of snow which does tend to blow around a bit when the wind comes up. Roads are in good winter condition, but gravel roads are covered with compacted snow and some icy patches. Birds have been hunkering down in the last few days, and, today especially, the feeders have been busy. Common redpolls this year seem to be finding enough food in the countryside, as few are being seen at feeders.
From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported BARRED OWL, PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, and PILEATED WOODPECKER in the Beltrami Island State Forest. In Warroad, she saw BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and PINE SISKINS. The three RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and the COMMON GRACKLE are still hanging around her yard.
Becca Engdahl reported RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE in Bemidji at the Lake Irving water access on January 15th.
Here in Pennington County, today I heard a COMMON RAVEN flying by, and two COMMON REDPOLLS are coming to our feeder.
Sandy Aubol in western Polk County reported that the FOX SPARROW and the CHIPPING SPARROW is still coming to her yard, and they have been joined by at least one COMMON REDPOLL.
A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was reported by Shawn Goodchild on January 15 in Norman County.
A visit by Patrick Beauzay to the Moorhead wastewater treatment ponds in Clay County was rewarded by sightings of WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was also seen.
A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was observed by Becca Engdahl at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County on January 11th.
A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was reported by Matthew Jensen on January 13 in Fergus Falls. Kevyn Heck reported a VARIED THRUSH north of Fergus Falls on January 15. Among the other species seen in Otter Tail County this week by various individuals were PINE SISKINS, NORTHERN CARDINAL, PURPLE FINCH, and HOODED MERGANSER.
A HOODED MERGANSER was sighted at Lake Carlos State Park on January 16th by Ben Eckhoff.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, January 24, 2019.
Pennington County, MN